A Georgia Bulldogs fan’s wish list for 2011

What's on your Georgia football wish list? (SportsFanFare.com)

What's on your Georgia football wish list? (SportsFanFare.com)

With the regular season over and the bowl pairing still to come, a lot of fans are looking ahead to next season and debating what changes, additions and tweaks are needed to pull Mark Richt’s program out of its two-season slump. Here’s my own wish list for the Dawgs, which is topped by:

A big, bad JUCO nose guard to bolster the undersized defensive line. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is in dire need of more bulk and aggressive play on the defensive line, and while signing Thomasville defensive end Ray Drew looks like a must, Georgia can’t wait for a true freshman to mature. So let’s hope some of the junior college lineman the Dogs reportedly are looking at wind up in Athens next season.

A more consistent Mike Bobo. Richt has indicated the former Georgia QB will return as his offensive coordinator, and while that decision isn’t popular with some fans, I’m OK with it. (An interesting discussion of Bobo’s pros and cons has been taking place at Get the Picture.) Bobo is a fine developer of quarterbacks and shows flashes of brilliance as a playcaller. The problem is he’s inconsistent, too often going away from what’s working in what appears to be a misguided attempt at balance. He needs to step up his game next season if the Richt era is to continue at UGA.

A new gamebreaker on offense. With the Dogs likely to lose A.J. Green, it becomes more crucial than ever to sign a player who opposing defenses have to account for on every play. Say, a blue-chip back like Isaiah Crowell. Returnees Washaun Ealey and Caleb King are decent running backs but nobody’s going to be talking about them being a first-round NFL draft pick. Just ask Steve Spurrier what adding a top-ranked running threat can do for your program.

A new rising star at wide receiver. If the Dogs do indeed lose Green along with senior Kris Durham, someone besides Tavarres King is going to have to step up in the receiving corps. Can Marlon Brown finally live up to his potential in his third year in Athens? I’d love to see it happen. Or will it have to be a true freshman? With Mitchell County’s Justin Scott-Wesley reportedly now soft on his commitment to UGA, the pressure is on to sign a receiver who can make a difference in a hurry.

Strength. As in the strength for Richt to make the hard decision to replace his best friend, Dave Van Halanger, as director of Georgia’s strength and conditioning program. The Dogs have been getting pushed around on both lines for too long now and the comments from opposing players about our guys being gassed late in the game have been cropping up far too frequently. Those mat drills might have been cutting-edge at FSU in 1990s, but they’re not getting the job done these days in Athens.

Those are the things I think are most needed. What’s on your wish list for the Dogs?

Find me on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

226 comments Add your comment

mountainman

December 1st, 2010
12:46 pm

How bout Richt gets run over by a reindeer and we get a TOP NOTCH coaching staff, not a bunch of retards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guy

December 1st, 2010
12:48 pm

no uga alumnus, though you should be slightly embarrassed that most of those games have been coinflips against a middle of the road ACC team with no defense and a ‘high school’, ‘gimmick’ offense.

LawDawg

December 1st, 2010
12:49 pm

Reality,

The winning cycle of UGA football will be back soon enough. I’m capable of having rational discussions with people who are rational with their OWN thinking. It’s not like UGA is South Carolina and has never won anything or accomplished anything. You are going to have a down year or two evry now and then. No one ever wins all the games all the time. There are about 110 football programs out there that wish they had UGA’s problems!

Bremen Dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

Seems like you summed it up pretty good. Quote from Urban Meyer “keep playing hard, they will wear out later in the game” seems like other coaches know that conditioning is a problem for the Dawgs.

Dogfish

December 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

Your last paragraph is Richt’s main problem, he will not make changes to his staff, even when it’s obvious something needs to be done. That’s the part of leadership he doesn’t get and the part most fans don’t understand. Sometimes you have make harsh decisions. Another good rule is don’t hire friends or family and you avoid situations like Willie and Van Halanger

LawDawg

December 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

guy,

you should be embarrassed by your whining and obsession with UGA. We still run this state and you can’t handle it. Go to the Eagle Bar and cry there.

robodawg

December 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

ca dawg, I like your wish list. We miss a Rennie Curran type player at ILB who can really blow up plays.

ca dawg

December 1st, 2010
12:52 pm

@moutrie dawg: you sure about crowell going to bama? what info do you have? what you say conflicts both with what he says (schools are even) and with his schedule (his mother confirmed that he’s going to be in athens for the senior gala, which is the day after he is scheduled to commit).

John

December 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

Ealey is averaging over 5.33 ypc this year, Herschel Walker got 4.9 his Soph season.
Walker had 18 tds, Ealey 11 (on 50% less carries).

Ealey’s 5.3 ypc, much better than Lattimore’s 4.8 ypc.
Ealey’s conditoning is better than Latt too. Ealey gets 6.83 ypc in the 4th quarter, Latt gets 5.9.

Under pressure, Ealey’s his best:
4th quarter, 6.83 ypc
When game is tied, 9.52 ypc

Ealey has 11 td’s on just 141 carries, Latt has 17 td’s, but on 232 carries.

Ealey gets 1 td on every 12 carries, Laa gets 1 td on every 14 carries.

guy

December 1st, 2010
12:56 pm

lawdog, you may win this sate, and pass this state, but you sure as hell didnt run this state this year. 411 >>> 154

Alabama Dog

December 1st, 2010
12:56 pm

My wish list is pretty simple for ‘11: I want a comptetive team that wins the games they’re supposed to, and a couple they shouldn’t. Also, a team that can overcome an obvious lack of quality coaching at times!

DTC

December 1st, 2010
1:00 pm

Well, Bill, I am not going to try and put up another vent today. For whatever reason it would not post the one I put up earlier. I tried again to post it, but it said I had already posted it. Now, nothing is showing. I am taking for granted that you get all of the vents, regardless of their length?

Go Dawgs!

December 1st, 2010
1:10 pm

My wish list is simple:

1. Everything Bill mentioned regarding the team
2. Fair weather b*tchin and moanin fans to go away

46-40

December 1st, 2010
1:10 pm

I believe you covered most of them Bill.

Merry Christmas!!!

Dan

December 1st, 2010
1:10 pm

1. Beat Spurrier in 2011
2. Run the trifecta-Beat Auburn, Florida, and Tech
3. The NCAA to conclude its findings and strip Auburn of everything this season.

doug dawg

December 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

listen, if that scott-wesley character is so ’soft,’ take the offer away from him and give it to a boy who really wants to be a dawg. what are we doing at uga, pandering to wimpy recruits? rather have a ‘lesser rated’ gung ho kid, than a ‘diva.’ go dawgs.

Greg

December 1st, 2010
1:23 pm

My wish list: How about the ability to execute a screen pass? How many of those did we mess up this year.

dawgfacedboy

December 1st, 2010
1:23 pm

John- have to agree with your assessment of Ealey/Lattimore. Ealye avg almost a yard more a carry but Lattimore received 90 more carries over the course of the season. It’s more than safe to say that if Ealey was getting 40 carries a game his stats would look almost identical to Lattimores.

Has Marlon Brown just taken a back seat because of Green or is he not progressing. Dude probably has 10 catches over 2 years.

Couldn’t disagree more with you take on Murray. Minus Lattimore and Murray wins SEC frosh of the year. Worst game of the year was first half of Florida. He’s not going anywhere. Lemay will certainly redshirt.

The Stig

December 1st, 2010
1:25 pm

Here’s my wish list:

1. Get rid of Rodney Garner. Poor DL performance for the last7 years. Too many mentally weak players on the roster. Cam Newton as a TE… dare I say any more! Garner is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY overrated.
2. Need another Safety that knows how to punish opponents.
3. A pack of JUCO DL Hawgs. We need a Mount Cody to run the 3-4 correctly. We don’t have it now.
4. A new S&C… very obvious.
5. Mr. Crowell

Mobile Dawg

December 1st, 2010
1:26 pm

Since wish number one didn’t come true, my second wish would be for more Kool Aid.

Derek

December 1st, 2010
1:33 pm

First thing that should be done is Richt should be given a new long term contract. That will help recruiting. Recruits love Richt, their parents love Richt and he is big hope for recruiting. Let recruits see that UGA is as loyal to Richt as he is to UGA and recruiting will get better. There have been so many questions about whether CMR will be fired or not that recruits are queazy. And so much talk about next year being the must year for CMR. Not good for recruiting. AD needs to come out and say CMR is the long term Coach for UGA and he has 3 years to turn things around and he has total support of AD. That is where we start. Bobo is a fine OC. He is best QB man we have ever had. Defense is major question. Can TG get it done? Not convinced of that yet but we will see.

kevin paul

December 1st, 2010
1:37 pm

Do wat the Atlanta Falcons r doing on the off-season. MMA training. Helps endurnce, stamina,and strength.

Hmmmm

December 1st, 2010
1:45 pm

1) Strength and conditioning coach
2) New O Line coach
3) Bye Bye Garner
4) Bobo in charge of babysitting – his own kids
5) Quit putting our eggs in one basket recruiting and go after more players. Tired of being the bridesmaid
6) Take CMR morphene drip away… maybe then he will show some FIRE
7) Replace the Athens/Clarke police force… way too many Barney Fife’s around A-Town
8) Beat some of the better teams by 4 TDS for a change

FSU Seminoles

December 1st, 2010
1:50 pm

Finally, we’re better than UF again. Normalcy restored. Georgia fans can now go back to living vicariously through us.

RxDawg

December 1st, 2010
1:52 pm

Ray Drew is not a nose tackle. He projects as an outside linebacker in the 3-4.

I want a secondary. I’m convinced it’s been our defensive achillies heel for the past 3 years.

I want smarter play on and off the field. I no longer wish to read about arrests for the next 6 months.

At least nobody kicked our arse this year. We may have lost 6 games, but all 6 of those games were close and winnable with maybe the only exception being USC. We shouldn’t of lost to Colorado… that was a very bad loss.

Sigh… till next year fellow Dawg fans.

name goes here

December 1st, 2010
1:56 pm

1) A coach who is worth a damn.
2) See #1.

404

December 1st, 2010
1:58 pm

Well, at least we can all be assured of one thing:

INTEGRITY wont be on that list.

bill

December 1st, 2010
2:00 pm

I can hear it already — “With 8 starters coming back, our defense should be greatly improved.”

UH??? The defense stunk this season, why will we be better with the same knuckleheads (excluding Houston, IF he comes back) in the same positions in 2011???

Seems like we heard the same thing this season about the OL, and we didn’t exactly dominate against anyone (except those powerhouses from L-M & Idaho State!

More of the same on the way…

Hoop Dawgs

December 1st, 2010
2:03 pm

Football season is over, time to focus on UGA basketball. We are going to have a good team this year – keep up at http://hoopdawg.wordpress.com

Never going to Outback resturant again...

December 1st, 2010
2:12 pm

Talking about a Juco player for the defensive line, lets make sure we get a really, really good one. Remember it was said ” Hitman ” was a great DB, and last I saw he was hardly playing…

jack bull

December 1st, 2010
2:19 pm

someone said they want to see us be able to complete a screen pass…Murray is just a little too short for that particular call…not knocking him, just stating a fact on that one..

schmeckdawg

December 1st, 2010
2:25 pm

Dawgster, your sources are correct in regards to Coach Van Halanger. He has a very bad heart and should retire.

how2fish

December 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

Wish List please name me a member of the current starting lineup at UGA that wasn’t recruited by a multiple of other schools..if we recruit Thugs I promise your school and every other school is too. The biggest “thugs” for creeps like you art the ones that signed with UGA over your miserable program.

Our CPJ is smarter than your old tanned CMR

December 1st, 2010
2:31 pm

Somewhere in the quiet halls of Piedmont Hospital, in the pyschiatric ward, they are trying to calm down the GT coach ………………..PJ. They are telling him that it is ok that making your team lay down and lose by 8 instead of 1 point is ok. He mumbles and screams about some sort of movie??? The Blair Witch Kick Project or some insensible thing. He is sceaming about wide left or I was left out or some crazy thing. He is often heard screaming There goes Ealey, there goes Caleb King, or there goes Orson Charles or there goes Kris Durham. Hit Murray, hit Murray. Sad. Pressure does this ………………See C Urban Meyer.
He is also deliriously screaming that we CAN PASS the ball …………..we can, I know that we can.

ARGHGHHGGH $#@@&%$##@ !!!

Marlon Brown will be fine

December 1st, 2010
2:42 pm

Brown sat on the bench because Kris Durham kept him there. AJ was AJ.

Back to Durham ………………..he was a starter because …………… first AJ was out and then, when AJ returned, who was gonna bench a fith year, hard working, smart, team leader like Kris Durham after he has shown what he can do ???

College ball is when two players are identical in skill set, the senior LEADER plays more often. THAT is how you build up your team esprit d’ corps. Durham responded with an ALL SEC caliberyear. He will at least be second team and if not, they should have so honored him. Unlike Green, DURHAM will be remembered by UGA faithful for ever.

Marvelous Marlon Brown will get stronger and develop his routes and will work with Murray and he will be ready to go. He knows that now is his time. Frankly, look at Justin Houston or Dent ………………not many folks knew their names this time last year but now, BOTH have might be a first or second day NFL draft choices.

Marlon also knows that the entire sporting world will be watching UGA vs Boise State because of Aaron Murray ,…………………….. Marlon can ALSO make his name on the first day.

Goooooooooooooo Dogs.

oakisland

December 1st, 2010
2:45 pm

Why does it take our players so long to “learn the system” that never works. Our starters on defense are always out of position and no defense should give up the amount of points every year that we do. If our system is so complicated that it takes a year for a player to learn, why does it only take 5 days for opposing coaches to figure it out and implement.

damngooddawg!

December 1st, 2010
2:53 pm

We also need to start looking more closely at character in recruiting. Too many trips to the jail house. Too much bad publicity. We could film the college version of “The Longest Yard.”

1eyedJack

December 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Bill, are you blocking me?

1eyedJack

December 1st, 2010
2:55 pm

Hire Herschel Walker to coach S&C. If they don’t want to lift weights he could kick their bootay.

75-76-DAWG

December 1st, 2010
3:02 pm

Bill
You and I sure do think alike. All I can say about CMR keeping Bobo is even though as long as he has had the coordinators job Bobo is still coaching the same way as the first year. That tells me Bobo thinks he is doing a great job. At time he does a very good job but we lose the game when he changes what is working to something that ends up three and out or a turn over.

75-76-DAWG

December 1st, 2010
3:22 pm

If Bobo does not improve a lot next year and the only way to get rid of him is to get rid of CMR then so be it. I am one of CMR biggest supporters but he can not judge real talent at times and I think Bobo is too arrogant to know when he does the ‘DUMB SH##” . I don’t think Bobo is capable of getting more consistent and we will have the same problems next year.
I know a lot of Bobo supporters think that just because we scored over 30 points per game that is enough to praise Bobo but we scored on some very bad defenses and should have gotten 45 point or more per game with the offensive skill players that we had . The most important statistic that I look at is ” TIME OF POSSESSION ” and we were beaten badly in all of our losses and I think in a few of our wins . That tells me Bobo did not have control of the game and the direction that we wanted to go. Your offense can not allow the defense to stay on the fields 3/4 of the game and not expect them to give up easy scores or to be man handled .

st

December 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

KimZ'spackage

December 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

Barnee Baxter

December 1st, 2010
3:26 pm

How about a mobile quarterback like SCam Newton?

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 1st, 2010
3:34 pm

There is no Christmas this year.

Dosta Dawg

December 1st, 2010
3:45 pm

If UGA is smart they will go after Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell from Valdosta High School. Mitchell was awesome this year at VHS. Rome, of course, is a star. If they go to another SEC school, UGA fans will know those names early on, because they will be threats wherever they play. They are not
only fantastic players, they are both fine young men. Never been in trouble!

FootballFan

December 1st, 2010
3:47 pm

Dream on King. Why don’t you just try wishing for all the gold in Ft. Knox? You’d have that a hell of a lot sooner. Don’t look for UGA to bounce back as long as Richt hangs around. Therein lies the problem.

75-76-DAWG

December 1st, 2010
3:54 pm

When our offense takes three plays to score or less than a minute or when Bobo go’s against what is working and the offense is three and out meaning we have to kick in less than two minutes then we lose “TIME of Possession” . A lot of you say that we scored over 30 points in most of our games and the losses are on Grantham and the defense and I will agree that Grantham needs a lot of improvement that we will see with the right recruits filling the defensive position but I do not want the SEC and UGA to turn into another BIG-12 where the average score is 50 to 42. That’s not SEC football and the main reason they have the high scores from both teams in the BIG-12 is because they only throw the ball or the average score only take a minute or two and to hell with any defense.
The offense has got to control the clock to motivate the defense to stop the other team, that’s why our defense at time look great but most of the times when the defense has looked the worst is when they stop someone and then the offense is three and out or has a turn over and the defense is right back our on the field.
SEC FOOTBALL IS TO HAVE A VERY GOOD OFFENSE BUT A DEVASTATING DEFENSE. But I don’t care how good your defense is if the offense can not control the clock and ‘TIME OF POSSESSION”
That’s why I criticize Bobo so much. He can’t grasp the big picture and see how the offense and defense has to work together and what it takes for him to do his part.
Again a lot of you will say that is CMR’s job and I will agree but to be a great coordinator you have got to think like and your actions have got to be what a head coach would do. Why do you think the great coordinators all become head coaches.And that is my point about why UGA shouldn’t have Bobo as a coordinator. He will never make it as a head coach because he can’t see the big picture.

Moultrie , you are wrong

December 1st, 2010
4:10 pm

Crowell is a Dawgl

someone fix this

December 1st, 2010
4:11 pm

Bill…

You forgot about a decent defensive back coach and scheme. We are terrible. Countless times we have had no back even in camera view or 3-4 backs 5 yards off the receiver. Seems to me we basically don’t trust our players to cover man to man. Way too much loose zone coverage is killing us! Do less zone and rely on the safety when someone gets burned. And for god sack have someone coach these backs to act like a receiver. A simple turn and look stops alot of completions.